Political resistance - know your opponent!
Political resistance - know your opponent!
If you know yourself and the enemy, you need not fear the outcome of a hundred battles - this sentence is attributed to the Chinese military strategist Sunzi (around 500 BC). Knowing yourself and your enemy is especially important for those who engage in political resistance. But who is this "opponent" against whom political resistance is directed today? The opponent today is a diffuse network of politics, media, technostructure (including high finance) as well as authorities and institutions at state and EU level. Thanks to its "air sovereignty" in the information space, this opponent is able to enforce its interests through mass conditioning and indoctrination. In doing so, he makes use of all possible authoritarian methods and means, such as censorship, indexing, ostracism, banning, persecution of "heretics"...in short, the entire range of mass psychological influence as described by Gustave Le Bon as early as 1895 in his "Psychology of the Masses".
But does resistance against an opponent with global superiority and almost infinite technical and financial resources make any sense at all? How does this adversary proceed to systematically undermine and break resistance? What do we need to know about his strategies in order to be better prepared for them in resistance?
Know your opponent!
Anyone who is politically involved in resistance must know that undermining and weakening resistance is an essential part of their opponents' strategy. So how is resistance systematically undermined and broken? This will be outlined below using five examples.
- Firstly, the opponent uses his superiority in the information space to suppress unwelcome opinions and nip them in the bud. To limit this to classical propaganda does not go far enough. It is easy to observe right now that a reinterpretation of events is taking place across many countries: psychological problems in society are being attributed to the covid disease and not to harmful restrictive measures such as lockdown, masking or compulsory vaccination. Vaccine damage is explained as the late effects of infection with the virus.
- Secondly, there is an old adage that says "If I can't beat 'em, I'll have to buy 'em". Armed with seemingly immeasurable financial resources, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical lobbies, with the active support of the states and mainstream media, have done a great job around the Corona pandemic. France has its McKinsey affair , Germany its mask scandals . In Italy, the health system has become even more corrupt with Corona . And in Austria corruption is suspected in connection with the awarding of the mass tests by the city of Vienna .
- Thirdly, where the opponent cannot conceal his true motives, he seemingly justifies the resistance. However, he does not take responsibility for his own harmful actions, but blames third parties or other circumstances. The massive economic collateral damage of the state interventions under the title "pandemic", which is recognisable to everyone in the meantime, is either reinterpreted as direct damage of the "corona virus" (see above) or it is hidden behind the alleged consequences of the "Ukraine conflict" .
- Fourthly: According to the principle of "divide et impera", the opponent aims at splitting the resistance into sub-groups with conflicting interests. This is to make the sub-groups turn against each other. No matter which European country you look at, you will find countless examples of this strategy around Corona: Some get a subsidy, others don't. Some are allowed to do business, others are not. Some can go to a restaurant, others cannot. It gets really blatant when some are allowed to continue practising their profession and others are not.
- Fifthly, an essential strategy of the enemy is to damage or even destroy the resistance. In doing so, they also use propaganda by defaming the opposition or trying to push it into a criminal corner. Here, too, the parallels in various European countries are frightening, when opponents of measures are described, in the better case, as confused souls, in the worse case, as enemies of the state. When it comes to opinion leaders or central figures in the resistance, the enemy does not even shy away from destroying them. The German microbiologist and author Sucharid Bhakdi, who has been charged in Germany with incitement of the people, is only representative here of many deserving people who have exposed themselves in the resistance and suffered damage as a result.
Dissolution of the social contract
Anyone politically engaged in resistance to the restrictive Corona measures knows that years ago there were already scenarios and planning games that anticipated in a surprisingly clear way the "pandemic events" from 2020 onwards. In May 2010, the Rockefeller Foundation presented an abridged version of its "Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development", including a so-called lock-step scenario in which, due to a pandemic, "a world with stricter state control from above and authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen resistance" emerges . Microsoft founder Bill Gates repeatedly spoke of the threat of a global pandemic in 2017, including at the Munich Security Conference. At this point, we are less interested in the fact that the technostructure is dealing with pandemic scenarios. At this point, it should be pointed out that in all these simulation games, the question of expected resistance is also taken into account. Measures are planned to undermine and weaken the resistance.
Therefore, those who engage in resistance today must be aware that the opponent has reckoned with this resistance and has prepared for it accordingly. In his planning games, the enemy has taken into account that he is technologically and financially far superior to the resistance. He has taken into account that he has "air sovereignty in information space". And he has taken into account that the resistance cannot succeed in networking globally in such a way that it can meet him on an equal footing. So does resistance against this opponent make any sense at all? Yes, because what was probably not taken into account in the planning games are countless, uninterrupted attacks by the resistance at different levels. Attacks that are so unpredictable in their abundance and randomness that they increasingly block the opponent's forces. A scenario like the one we know from the disintegration of the Soviet Union, where many major and minor events also led to the disintegration of the social contract that had been valid until then. What we can learn from this and what opportunities there are today for effective resistance, you can read in my next analysis.
This analysis was first published in: Le Courrier des Stratèges on May 11th, 2022